The Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship was established in memory of Police Chief Harold "Hal" Johnson to provide financial support to students who plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections or other criminal justice fields. This scholarship honors Hal's 29 year law enforcement career, which began in Sacramento, California, in 1955. He chose his career after serving honorably as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
Hal rose through the ranks swiftly to become one of the youngest Police Captains in Southern California. In 1970, Hal was selected as the Police Chief for the Town of Los Gatos, California, where he served the community faithfully until his retirement in 1983. After his retirement, Hal continued his career dedication as an educator in law enforcement at local colleges. Hal was a devoted member of the Los Gatos Lions Club for 27 years. He was a Past President, Life Member Award recipient, and his contributions to the club, the community, and law enforcement, spanned over 46 years.
This scholarships is designed to recognize students who demonstrate a similar passion for public service and who demonstrate academic potential, leadership, and financial need.
A) A demonstrated desire and a plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections or other criminal justice fields. Law school students are not eligible
B) Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
C) Current graduating senior or graduate of a public or private high school in the greater San Francisco Bay Area (includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties)
D) Planning to enroll or currently enrolled in a two- or four-year college, university or police academy as a full-time student
E) United States citizen